By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, January 13: The Bhogali Bihu spirit touches all and sundry in the state. But how come those battling for their live miss this? Driven by such a feeling, the authorities of the Dr. B Barooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati celebrated Bhogali Bihu in the institute premises.
There are many patients whose days are numbered, and as such their chances of enjoying such festivities. When viewed from that angle, such patients should be given all possible facilities to enjoy, and today’s is an effort towards that end by the cancer institute.
On January 13, all employees and patients of the cancer institute made an elaborate arrangement for the celebration of Bihu. They erected belaghors and mejis and lighted them in accordance with tradition. All employees of the hospital prayed for early recovery of the patients.
An egg fight was organized and participated by the employees and patients in the premises. The patients were found to have forgot their illness when they were busy in dancing and singing along with the doctors, nurses and other employees.
Dharmeswar Deka, a 50–year–old throat cancer patient from Sarthebari, expressed gratitude to the magement of the institute for holding such a programme. “This celebration has given us an opportunity to feel at home,” Deka, who is undergoing treatment with radiography, said.
“Attending the Bihu function, I do feel that I’m cured of,” said Md. Mofij Uddin from Lakhimpur. He has been suffering from cancer of the rectum for the past one year and a half. He is undergoing treatment with chemotherapy and radiography in the institute.
Rekha Moni Das, the attendant of a patient from Morigaon, said: “I’m very happy with the pre–Bihu celebration here, and getting a chance to perform Bihu dance.”
Recreatiol programmes like music, sight–seeing etc., have profound impact on the immunity of the patients to fight all kind of diseases.
Matri Mandir, an NGO dedicated for support to orphans, distributed ladu und pithas among the patients and hospital staff.